Staff Report

LifePath Hospice, as an affiliate of Chapters Health System, is a not-for-profit organization and thus no individual who is in need of hospice services is turned away for the inability to pay.  

“Donations to the organization, especially at Life’s Treasures Thrift Stores, are tax deductible, and proceeds from sales help pay for a variety of our unfunded programs, such as: uninsured patient care, free community grief support programs for adults, teens, and children, end-of-life care education for USF medical students, and caregiver programs for patients with frail or elderly family members,” said Alice Walsh, Director of Life’s Treasures Thrift Stores.

Every spring, LifePath Hospice hosts a Children’s Bereavement Camp called Camp Circle of Love, and this year is the 24th anniversary of the camp. The camp will take place the weekend of April 29 through May 1, and is open to all children and teens living in Hillsborough County that are between the ages 6-18 and have lost a loved one.

The camp takes place at the Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville. Throughout the camp weekend, trained LifePath Hospice bereavement counselors are present, along with a full-time registered nurse, and other staff and dedicated community volunteers.

“Anyone that volunteers at the camp will come away from the weekend with a total sense of accomplishment for the supportive healing provided to the campers,”said Phoebe Ochman, Director of Corporate Communications at Chapters Health System.

Camp attendees will participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and sports.

For more information, call 877-2200.  The deadline to submit camp applications is April 19 and can be downloaded from http://chaptershealth.org/.

Life’s Treasures Thrift store is always in need of volunteers and donations.

“Because there is such a large variety of tasks to be done here, we really do have something for everyone,” said Cheryl Ann Haley, Life’s Treasures Thrift Store-Brandon Manager.

Donations are received Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Housewares and home décor are always in high demand while the store also accepts clothing, books and small accent pieces of furniture. The store also has a “Boutique” area featuring designer clothing, formal dresses and frequently has wedding dresses. The Brandon store is located at 1335 W Brandon Blvd Suite C. Call 653-4616 or visit http://chaptershealth.org.